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Keynote Speaker:

We are delighted and privileged to have the keynote presented by Dr. Patrick O'Connor, a past president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and one of six educators selected for the US Department of Education's School Ambassador Fellowship program.

In addition to writing weekly columns for High School Counselor Week and Huffington Post, his work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. He has written five books on college admissions and college readiness, including the highly acclaimed College is Yours 2.0, and College Counseling for School Counselors. He also teaches a graduate course in college admissions through the University of Sioux Falls.

Patrick is on the board of directors for the Common Application and the Michigan College Access Network, and is the Associate Dean of College Counseling at Cranbrook Schools, Michigan.

The following is a list of the session titles for the 2018 Conference:

"Aboot" Canada, insights on Canadian Education.

Academic Life Coaching: A Game Changer In Your Practice

Actors, and Singers, and Dancers, Oh My! A Performing Arts Roundtable Discussion

Addressing the female confidence gap

Advocacy and Community Action: Taking College Access Outside of Your Office

Are You Common App Ready?

Beyond the Start-up – Structuring your Business to Last

Career Services: Where Preparation Meets Opportunity

Comparing application platforms and the use of digital media—an update

Covering Your Tushie

Creating College Lists

Demystifying the Art School Admissions Process

Discover the Inside Secrets for Successfully Counseling Your College-Bound Student-Athlete

Doing More With Less - Resources for Rural, First-Gen, and Underserved Students

Dynamic College Planning for Generation Z

Encouraging parents to become positive team members-how to deal with challenging parents.

Expert "insight" into the ACT score report.

Finding the Right College Fit with LGBTQ Clients

Get 'Yer Boots On and Saddle Up!

Good Grief: It's Important. Prioritize Student Wellbeing vs. Academic Standing

Great Student Essays with Heart in Two Weeks (with Less Stress)

Grounding Helicopter Parents -- Engaging Family Members Productively in the College Transition

Growing your business sustainably 

Guiding Your Students Applying to Military Service Academies & ROTC Scholarship Programs

Hands-On Preparation for Environmentally Friendly Careers

Helping students with LDs optimize outcomes on admissions and testing

How Much Essay Help Is Too Much? (The Zen of Essay Coaching)

Independent Business Owner and CEO

Is Tuition Way Too High? A view from three who lowered theirs.

Jump In, The Water Is Fine! How To Get Involved With HECA

Leveraging the Essentials of LinkedIn to Build Your Practice 

NACAC’s New Code of Ethics: Implications for HECA Members and Our Students

Navigating the Texas Enrollment Process: An Insider Scoop

Not College Ready: Learning to Thrive in Emerging Adulthood

Remote Control: Best Practices For Running Your Remote Business

Science AND Art? How Students Can (and should!) Have It All!

Shine with True Character: Developing Genuine Interests for College Admission and Beyond

STANDING IN THEIR BOOTS Helping Vets go from battlefield to classroom.

The 101 on International Education - The Who, How, What and When

The Importance of Building a Professional Network

The Parent Trap: How to Guide Parents to Encourage Student Independence

The Value of a Study Skills Assessment for Students and IEC's

Trends in MBA Admissions and Programs

Turning Cross-Cultural Consulting Challenges into Your Practice's Word-of-Mouth Opportunities

Understanding the Transfer Process: How to help your students be successful.

We Can All Get Along: High School and IECs Working Together for the Good of the Student

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